The Theater: The Year's Best

SAME TIME, NEXT YEAR. A disarming, conjugal comedy of adultery on a 25-year plan. A first play by Bernard Slade, who belongs to la scuola Neil Simon.

THE TAKING OF MISS JANIE. Playwright

Ed Bullins, black by birth and bold in theme, constructs a hot, sly, funny, sexy, drunken montage of black-white confrontation.

CHICAGO. A corrosive dance of decadence that Bob Fosse has choreographed into an electrifying musical, helped no end by Gwen Verdon, Chita Rivera and Jerry Orbach.

TRAVESTIES. Playwright Tom Stoppard (Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead, Jumpers) spews wit, wordplay, paradox and thought...

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